Pierogies for peace: In Baltimore, Ukrainian church makes pierogies to aid war-torn country

  • Clockwise from left, volunteers Jamie Kaczaniuk, Melanya Kozak, Taras Wojtowycz, and Helena Sivinska shape, roll and cut pierogi dough at St. Michael The Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church in Baltimore on March 10, 2022. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun/TNS)

  • Left: Ola Kulnich pinches each round of dough topped with potato filling to form a pierogi on March 10. Above: While Katelyn Brewer pinches sauerkraut-filled pierogi circles into folded dumplings, her 4-year old son, J.J. Brewer, plays with some flour at St. Michael The Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church in Baltimore on March 10. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun/TNS)

  • Ola Kulnich pinches each round of dough topped with potato filling to form a pierogi on March 10, 2022, at St. Michael The Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church in Baltimore. They have to be well-sealed before being boiled. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun/TNS)

  • Melanya Humeniuk checks the pierogies to make sure they are tightly pinched together before they are boiled. Volunteers at St. Michael The Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church in Baltimore have been busy all week making Ukrainian specialties, including potato and sauerkraut pierogi. All the profits will be donated to help Ukrainians at war with Russia. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun/TNS)

BALTIMORE — Growing up in Baltimore’s Canton neighborhood in the 1950s, Maria Kaczaniuk embraced her Ukrainian heritage, learning to embroider traditional dresses and pillows, dance in the Ukrainian style and cook Ukrainian food. When she married a fellow Ukrainian American in Baltimore, they spoke to their children in Ukrainian at home.